Monday, December 17, 2012

((handmade monday)) wrapping gifts for pennies


Here's the deal.

 I'm a tight-wad frugal. 

Around the holidays, this is especially a struggle, most specifically in the form of gift-wrap. You see, when I find the most gorgeous woodgrain wrapping paper at The Container Store or actually splurge on Rifle Paper Co. Wrapping sheets ((assuming that it will be a generous roll...it only comes with 3 tiny sheets, by the way. someone didn't read the description.)), it sort of gives me heart palpitations when I think that someone will simply rip it off to find the Christmas loot inside. 


This year, I went with kraft paper. I've done this off & on for Christmases past, but not exclusively. This year? It's exclusive, y'all. Here are a few ways you can make it more unique and less...um...well, plain jane and more festive with just a few simple additions that you likely already have on hand.

1. A sweet little message + glitter ribbon. 
Simply wrap it up and draw a little somethin' somethin'. Get as intricate as you wish.

2. Christmas song lyrics. 
Measure out how much you need to wrap a specific box. Spread paper out on a table and anchor it down on the corners.  Choose the gift recipient's favorite Christmas song ((this is for Chase, so I chose "O Come O Come, Emmanuel," which he preached on yesterday)) and write out the lyrics. Wrap gift and then add a ribbon for some color.


3. Potato or Apple Stamp It.
Carve out a shape into a potato or apple ((tutorial here))  and using regular craft paint, stamp onto paper and fill in any inconsistencies with a q-tip or paintbrush. 


((eek! monster hands!))

Now your gifts are personalized, pretty, didn't cost an arm & a leg to wrap and don't look like everyone else's under the tree! :D Yippee! 


Tips:
-When using Kraft paper to wrap gifts, typical scotch tape doesn't work. I use packaging tape and it seems to work best (it's still clear).
-If you want to stamp a lot of paper at a time, cut it out and, using thumb tacks, attach it to walls. Stamp away, let it dry, and then wrap. 
-Metallic paint pens would also be gorgeous instead of sharpies! I just like the simple look of these guys with a pop of color for the ribbon or paint.
-Go to Joann, back in the picture frame section. Get a roll of "frame backing paper" instead of standard kraft paper. It's a bit thinner and easier to work with. Use a coupon and get the roll for less than $3. Run a victory lap. Grab some cute ribbon on that victory lap and get in line. It's the holidays, so you'll be there for a while. 

love.



17 comments:

  1. I love this idea! The paper looks adorable and the fun part is that it is so unique! Thanks for sharing :)

    -Rosy
    www.ajoyfulkindoflife.blogspot.com

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  2. i haven't caught up on your blog, in what feels like YEARS!!!! And I finally sat down tonight, and did! you always deliver kim!

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  3. This is a great idea and definitely unique over the traditional wrap!

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  4. Love the way you decorated these! I've been using brown paper bags for a couple years now. I just save my Chipotle and Panera bags throughout the year, and then cut them up and use the opposite side! Works great (except I guess if the gift was too big!) :)

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  5. Brilliant tips Kim!!
    I use the dollar bin Target wrapping paper (some of those rolls are huge!! I still have some from two years ago! and I also use the dollar tree's kraft paper and spruce it up with ribbon + pretty tags)
    But I LOVE the lyric idea!! I have a few more gifts to wrap and I think one of them is going to have some lyrics on it!! :) PS I LOVELOVELOVE your hand writing!!!

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  6. These are adorable! I hope I can find some craft paper around here cuz you've totally just inspired me :)

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  7. I really like this classic brown wrapping paper!
    I can't find it anywhere though! But I'll keep looking!!!

    Love, Saar

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  8. I spent an amount I'm embarrassed to even type on ribbon this year. Must not get sucked in next year!

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  9. I've been using kraft paper also...I just dress it up with cute tape, ribbon and tags. My writing and drawing aren't near as cute as yours ;)
    Also, I get my kraft paper at the Dollar Store!

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  10. I do the same thing but I have the kids decorate the paper. It's a fun project for the kids and it makes each gift very unique! And FYI the dollar store carries 3M brown packing paper in decent size rolls for well... $1!
    My one year old was trying to tear it and couldn't so its good and thick.

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  11. I love the craze of craft paper this year! It's so wonderful because it can be personalized! I like the stamps, but the handwriting is my absolute favorite!

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  12. so cute! paper bags and sharpies is genius.

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  14. So pretty! I love homemade wrapping paper!

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